Former President Jacob Zuma’s attendance at today’s welcome home rally in Durban is in doubt after he was reportedly advised to stay at home and nurse his fragile health. Two months into his 15 months sentence for contempt of the Constitutional Court, granted medical parole to serve the rest of his sentence at home.
His parole which was sanctioned by former correctional services boss, Arthur Fraser, is now being challenged in court by the likes of the DA, Afriforum and the Helen Suzman Foundation.
They all want the decision by Fraser to be set aside as they claim he overstepped the mark and abused powers to grant parole. After it, Zuma supporters started preparing for a welcome home rally and the rally will be staged today.
Among those expected to attend the rally are senior members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) like Carl Niehaus, RET Forces members like Nkosentsha Shezi and KwaZulu-Natal Interfaith Council members like Bishop Vusi Dube of the eThekwini community church.
However, Zuma’s attendance at the gathering is not yet assured after an insider in Nkandla said his medical doctors from the military health services advised him to stay at him and nurse his ill health.
Regarding Zuma’s attendance, Niehaus, who is one of the organisers of the rally, referred all questions to Mzwanele Manyi, the spokesperson of the Jacob Zuma foundation which has also been at the forefront in organising the rally. Manyi did not respond when asked whether Zuma will attend the rally or not.
As the rally is expected to attract Zuma supporters mainly from KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, one of the people who was spotted at the venue for the rally was Fistos Mafela, a proponent of RET and a Zuma supporter who is an ANC councillor at Musina municipality in Limpopo. Also spotted at the venue was Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile, the twin sister of Duduzani.
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